NA: (Over $ 216 million foreign direct investment received during July-September: NA told)


ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that the cost of losses caused to the country in war against terrorism is estimated at more than one hundred billion rupees.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb told the House during question hour that the provinces are accorded help on case to case basis. She said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa received over eleven billion rupees during 2009 to date in this regard.

To a question, Maryam Aurangzeb said Pakistan has signed agreements on transfer of offenders and sentenced persons with four countries, which are Thailand, UAE, Turkey and Yemen.

She said by-laws have been finalized with Thailand whereas these are being finalized with other three countries. She said forty two prisoners have been transferred from Thailand to Pakistan under the agreement.

To another question, she said Anti-Narcotics Force is running three model addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres, one each at Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

Answering a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat, Raja Javed Ikhlas told the House that Pakistan has received over 216 million dollars foreign direct investment during July-September of the current financial year. He expressed the hope that due to improvement in the law and order situation in the country, the investment will increase.

The National Assembly on Wednesday passed The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Ch. Jaffer Iqbal, the Bill provides to further amend the Pakistan Army Act, 1952. Opposition members expressed their reservations on the bill and said it will affect the fundamental rights of people. The National Assembly also passed the Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

The Bill moved by Parliamentary Secretary Inter-Provincial Coordination Shafqat Hayat Khan, provides further amendment of the minimum wages for unskilled workers Ordinance, 1969 in its application to the Islamabad capital territory. Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Division, Raja Javed Ikhlas told the House that private schools are not charging any additional fee.

Replying to a call attention notice moved by Asiya Naz Tanoli regarding increase in fee of private educational institutions/schools in the Federal Capital, he said they are charging fees as was charging in 2014.